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2014 Marshall Society Economics Essay Prize

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tutor2u is delighted to provide details of the 2014 essay prize for students organised by the Marshall Economics Society at Cambridge University. 

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics at Franklin College

An exciting teaching opportunity at a leading sixth form college here. All the details below on how to join our good friends at Franklin College.

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics at Queen’s Gate (Central London)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Many thanks to Mark Seccombe for letting us know about this terrific HOD Economics opportunity - well worth a look. Please mention that you saw this on the tutor2u Economics blog! All the details you need are below.

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Economics CPD for the Summer Term in 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We’ve got a busy programme of CPD for Economics and Business Studies in the summer term and we’d be delighted if you and your colleagues were able to join us. Brief details below.

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Test your knowledge on AS Micro Diagrams

Monday, April 14, 2014

Being able to construct diagrams are an important part of a good student response to many Economics exams questions.  These resources are aimed at testing students ability to remember some key aspects of some of the major diagrams.

Designed by the same team who contribute to our Wow Economics Teacher CPD event, these resources are aimed at giving teachers a quick (10 minute) resource in their revision class or for students looking to test their knowledge.  This first set of resources are aimed at AS Micro Economic students.

1.  Click here to download a Powerpoint file that displays the 10 diagrams in a scrolling show (with musical accompaniment) and then allows the teacher to go through the answers.

2. Click here to download a document that can be printed off for either students or teachers to test knowledge.  The document contains the same 10 diagrams as the Powerpoint but allows anyone to answer the questions in their own time.

Note: A2 Micro and AS & A2 Macro versions of these resources will be posted to the t2u website over the next few days.

Teaching Vacancy - Economics at Greenhead College

Thursday, April 10, 2014

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the superb team at Greenhead College, Huddersfield. The requirement is for a permanent 0.5 Economics teaching position starting in September 2014. Full details can be found here http://www.tes.co.uk/job/teacher-of-a-as-level-economics-221483/ and on the college website www.greenhead.ac.uk with the closing date for applications noon on 28 April 2014.

You would find a warm and friendly supportive team to share resources and work with, many of whom work with tutor2u in delivering their successful courses. This is a grade 1 department who intend to be the best in the UK for many years to come.

Proposed GCE AS and A Level Subject Content for Economics

Here are the details - Board specifications to appear in the summer I suppose!

Click: www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploa...

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Economics CPD in June - New to Teaching AS & A2 Economics

Sunday, April 06, 2014

We're delighted that Ruth Tarrant and Paul Bridges are once again running two resource-packed CPD days that always prove popular with the growing number of teaching colleagues who are new to teaching Economics!

We are running two separate training days in London - one each for AS Economics (10 June 2014)  and A2 Economics (17 June 2014).

You can book places directly via our online store or by downloading this printable booking form.  Alternatively, contact Janet Cahill in the tutor2u office with your requirements.

By attending one or both of these courses, colleagues will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the Assessment Objectives for AS / A2
  • Build confidence in knowing ahead of time what the common student pitfalls and errors tend to be
  • Obtain teaching & learning resources that will help them to get started on their delivery of the course
  • Develop knowledge of the key micro and macro topic areas for each of AS/A2
  • Join a support network of "people in the same boat"

Each of the two courses is ideal for:

  • Newly-qualified teachers about to start teaching economics
  • Experienced teachers of other subjects who will be teaching economics for the first time
  • Relatively new i.e. less than a year, teachers of economics
  • Teachers who maybe haven't taught economics for a long time!

Using Zondle for your Economics Revision

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I am a big fan of Zondle - the games for learning platform that is free for teachers and students to use as part of their courses. This blog provides a quick overview of Zondle and below I have linked to some of the quizzes available on the site. There is an Zondle app available for download from the iTunes Store and also a free Tutor2u app which gives your students direct access to the Tutor2u economics quizzes that we upload onto our public folders.

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UCAS and Oxbridge - Delving into Management

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A number of students have been asking me about suggested reading for and introductions to the study of management as they look ahead to a UCAS application in the autumn. Here are some thoughts.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics & Business Studies at Wallington County Grammar School (Surrey)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Many thanks to the team at Wallington County Grammar School for alerting us to an Economics & Business teaching opportunity which I'm sure will be of interest to many of our blog readers. All the details below - please mention that you saw the vacancy on tutor2u!

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics at St Paul’s School London

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Many thanks to the Econ Dept at St Paul's School London for alerting us to yet another superb economics teaching vacancy. This really is a top department for any economics teacher to develop his/her career - highly recommended. Please mention that you saw this opportunity on the tutor2u Economics blog! Please note the closing date for applications - 26 March.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics & Business Studies at Rishworth School Halifax

Friday, March 14, 2014

Here's yet another teaching vacancy for Economics & Business Studies, this time with our friends at Rishworth School Halifax in glorious West Yorkshire! Lots of information below. Please don't forget to mention that you saw this vacancy on the tutor2u Economics blog.

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Top 10 Resources from our Wow Economics delegates in Dubai and Singapore

The tutor2u team have just returned from their tour of Dubai and Singapore, delivering some of our teacher CPD events including Wow Economics. If you’ve still not been to a Wow Economics event, you are missing out on 50 teacher-created resources designed to engage Economics students in the classroom (places are still available on our future events in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Belfast).

The teachers in Dubai and Singapore proved to be just as passionate as their UK counterparts, trying out some of the activities and building networks to share resources in the future. As part of the events we recorded some of their favourite online places for tapping in to resources that help them deliver economics in the classroom.

Read on to see the top 10 resources as compiled by our Dubai and Singapore colleagues.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics at St. Paul’s Girls’ School London (Full time or Part time)

Many thanks our friends in the Economics department at St Paul's Girls' School for alerting us to an excellent opportunity to join an expanding and highly-regarded team.  Knowing this department as we do, it is a fantastic opportunity for the right applicant to teach really inspiring students in a wonderful school. All the details below. Please mention, if you apply, that you saw this vacancy on tutor2u.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics/Business Studies at Connell Sixth Form College

Monday, March 10, 2014

Many thanks to the team at Connell Sixth Form College in East Manchester for alerting us to this teaching opportunity. All the details below - applications by the end of this week:

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Lessons from WWI in Behavioural Economics

Monday, March 03, 2014

Here is a short article written by Agatha-Christie Onwuzuruike - a student on the Eton Summer School who has won a coveted place to read for PPE at Oxford.

The centenary of the beginning of the First World War is fast approaching. Not only is it a time to remember those that lost their lives in the greatest sacrifice; it offers economists young and old a lesson in behavioural economics

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Panel Event 19th March - The Future of the British Economy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Wednesday 19th March 2014, the Eton College Keynes and Political Societies are joining forces for a panel debate titled: 'The Future of the British Economy.' In front of 600 students and teachers, Kwasi Kwarteng MP (Conservative Party), David Blunkett MP (Labour Party), Natalie Bennett (Leader of Green Party), Lord Bilimoria (Chairman of Cobra Beer) and Jonathan Portes (Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research) will debate the prevailing issues concerned with the British Economy and what lies ahead in the future. It will be an event of great collaboration, interactivity and engaged learning. It will start at 8.15pm, with a pre-meeting reception for visiting schools taking place from 7.15pm Everything will be wrapped up by 9.45pm. The event will be taking place at Eton's largest auditorium, School Hall.

One of the main aims of this event is to open Eton's doors to as many schools as possible. 30 schools attended our last panel event in November and we'd like to hit this target again. We would delighted for your school to bring a group of students and teachers interested in this issue to the event. Every school receives a personal treatment on the night and is allocated a boy to welcome them upon arrival, take them to the venue and help them throughout the evening.

We hope that you can join us for it.If you would like to bring a group of students, please could you email Anthony Beaumont on  

University of Warwick 2014 Economics Summer School

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Casey Orrin from the University of Warwick has kindly passed on to us details of their first ever Summer School for Economics. 

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Student Enrichment - Whitonomics is Launched!

We are delighted to showcase on the blog a new edition of Whitonomics - designed, written, edited and published by the engaged students at Whitgift School. Please do take a close look at this superb publication. Our good friend Oliver Fernie has supported the project within the Whitgift Economics Department, he rightly says that "It teaches them so many transferable skills and stretches them beyond the AL/IB & IGCSE syllabus.'

Do you have a school/college student run magazine that you would like to show to the world? We are always happy to flag them up on the Tutor2u economics blog!

Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics and Business Studies - Sutton Valence School

Monday, February 24, 2014

So many excellent HOD opportunities are arriving at tutor2u - and here is yet another!  All the details below about how to apply to join this thriving Economics and Business dept.

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics - City of London School for Girls

Another fantastic HOD Economics opportunity here - this time with our friends at City of London School for Girls. Don't forget to mention that you saw this one on the Economics Blog!

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UCAS Guide for Economics (Feb 2014 Edition)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This is an updated version of my advice guide for students wanting to apply for an economics related degree at UK and overseas universities.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics & Business at Morpeth School, Tower Hamlets

Many thanks to tutor2u blogger and presenter Stuart Block for alerting us to a superb teaching opportunity to help an outstanding inner city London school develop its Economics & Business Departments.

Stuart writes:

Morpeth School has been one of the drivers of the rapid improvement in education in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in recent years. Rated by Ofsted as outstanding last year, a major focus over the next 3 years is improving its 6th form. 

Economics was introduced for the first time at the school in 2013 and Business Studies has also been re-established at A-level. Although the details are yet to be confirmed, the school will be looking for an economics & business teacher for September 2014 to join the rapidly growing department. 

If you're interested, do drop the Head of Economics, Stuart Block, an email with your CV at sblock@morpeth.towerhamlets.sch.uk.

Job Vacancy - Head of Economics & Business at Pangbourne College

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Our friends at Pangbourne College have been in touch to ask us to let teaching colleagues know about a HOD opportunity for Economics & Business which is bound to attract some high quality candidates. All the details below.

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econoMAX February 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

The latest articles on econoMAX - our digital magazine for A Level & IB Economics students - have just been uploaded. A summary of each is provided below.

econoMAX features hundreds of articles written by experience Economics teachers and examiners designed to help students develop their understanding of economics during A Level and IB courses. econoMAX is now available as a special whole school/college subscription of just £50 which will run until 31 August 2015 when a new format econoMAX will launch to meet the needs of the new A Level Economics specifications from 1 September 2015. 

Don't forget, teachers can also order a free econoMAX taster pack containing a selection of recent articles.

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Warwick University Economics Summit

Friday, February 14, 2014

Videos from the annual Warwick Economics Summit can be found from their You Tube channel - there will be something interesting on there for you to enrich and extend your enjoyment of Economics! Here is the link to the channel - click here

Teaching Vacancy - Economics at Tonbridge School

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Many thanks to the Economics team at Tonbridge for alerting us to this terrific opportunity to join a thriving Economics department. Details below.

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RES Economics Essay Competition 2014 (Update 11 Feb)

Monday, February 10, 2014

We are pleased to announce details of the annual Royal Economic Society Essay Competition for 2014.

Schools and Colleges can order their free full-colour posters from our online store to help promote participation in the 2014 competition.

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics & Business Studies - Gordonstoun School

Friday, February 07, 2014

Many thanks to the team at Gordonstoun for letting us know about this superb HOD opportunity. Please mention that you saw this on tutor2u if you apply!

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Eton College Summer School July 2014 - Economics Course

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Applications from students for the July 2014 Eton College Universities Summer School are now open and close in one month's time on the 1st of March. I taught on the course last year and will be doing so again in the summer. It was so much fun and we had an amazing group of economists many of whom have gone on to win offers from top universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Details of the summer school and the application criteria can be found here!

New to AS & A2 Economics - Resource-Packed CPD Courses

Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Economics team are once again running the popular CPD courses designed to support teaching colleagues who are new to teaching AS & A2 Economics.

There are separate one-day courses for AS and A2 Economics. 

New to Teaching AS Economics - London - 10 June 2014

New to Teaching A2 Economics - London - 17 June 2014

Full details of the sessions for each course will be posted to this blog entry shortly.

In the meantime, bookings can now be placed using this booking form  or by emailing Janet Cahill in the tutor2u office.

Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics at Wycombe Abbey School

Monday, January 27, 2014

Another superb Economics HOD opportunity here at our good friends at Wycombe Abbey School.

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WOW! Economics 2014

Update: new dates added for Belfast (25 June) and Manchester (27 June 2014)

WOW! Economics has quickly become the leading CPD course for teachers of A Level Economics, IB Economics and equivalent qualifications. Over 350 Economics teachers attended WOW! Economics 2013 taking away with them over 40 teaching resources and the feedback was that they wanted more WOW! Econ!

WOW! Economics 2014 returns with another resource-packed day with all-new teaching & learning resources. Our team of Economics contributors simply love their subject and they've excelled themselves yet again! There are 51 brand-new teaching activities for delegates attending each of the WOW Economics days. A full listing of the materials is provided below together with a few screen shots!

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Marshall Society Conference - Cambridge 25th January 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It was a delight to travel over to Cambridge at the weekend to be a guest at the inaugural conference organised by the Marshall Economics Society. It has been nearly thirty years since I last stepped into the Union Society building (in my youth I spent rather too many hours on the snooker table there!) but, arriving in good time, I was pleased to see that the event was a sell out with hundreds of university and school students and a good smattering of interested folk from the locality.

The event was smoothly and expertly organised by Ravi Prasad, LawrenceXu and their team and I am sure that it will go from strength to strength in future years. I was able to stay for four of the main sessions and some notes taken during them have been added to the economic blog. Please click below for details.

If you run an Economics Society at your school or university and have a forthcoming event open to a wider audience please let us know so that we can publicise through our blog and regular teacher newsletter.

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Teaching Vacancy - Economics & Business Teacher & HOD - Kendrick School Reading

Another excellent teaching opportunity here, this time at Kendrick School, near Reading. Please mention you saw this on the tutor2u Economics or Business Blog if you apply.

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics & Business, Grammar School at Leeds

Many thanks to the team at GSAL who have asked us to let teaching colleagues know about this fantastic HOD opportunity in Yorkshire. Please mention that you saw this on tutor2u when applying.

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RES Lecture on UK Economy - Vince Cable

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Secretary of State Vince Cable delivers a lecture on the UK economy at the Bank of England on Monday 27th January starting at 6.30pm. I will be there on behalf of Tutor2u and I will post a report on his talk on this blog entry as soon as possible after the talk. 

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will be talking on ‘The shape of the economic recovery’ on Monday 27th January at the Bank of England Conference Centre. The RES is widening the outreach of its policy lectures by broadcasting the lecture live in HD video and encouraging participation and interactivity through this site.

Access is entirely free. Simply create an account here or sign in.

The hashtag for the event is #reslecture

John Kay on Circular Thinking and Economics

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Here is a beautifully crafted essayby leading economist John Kay on the dangers of an academic obsession with rigour and consistency in developing economic models. "Economics is not a technique in search of problems but a set of problems in need of solution. Such problems are varied and the solutions will inevitably be eclectic."  He argues for a move away from formulating models that can simply run on a computer and towards "more eclectic analysis ....requiring an understanding of processes of belief formation, anthropology, psychology and organisational behaviour, and meticulous observation of what people, businesses, and governments actually do."

A rather wonderful piece that will excite many ambitious student economists keen to approach our fantastic subject in a non-linear and often contrarian way. Enjoy!

Royal Economic Society Conference 2014

The Royal Economic Society annual conference this year is in Manchester 7-9 April - details can be found here

Check out their YouTube channel here

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Wow Economics Teacher CPD event returns in March and June

Friday, January 17, 2014

Last week, I was privileged to deliver our first ever Wow Economics events in both Edinburgh and Cardiff. The day-long CPD event had the usual mix of fantastic teacher-designed resources and delegate interaction. We showcased a good selection of our 50+ resources and discussed how they could be used and adapted. We covered a good range of topic matters both in the micro and macro field of economics along-side activities aimed at engaging learners and promoting strong assessment techniques.

The good news is that the same event is coming back for further outings in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Dubai as well as arriving for the first time in Singapore and Belfast. The dates are:

London 12/06/2013

Birmingham 11/06/2013

Manchester 27/06/2014

Dubai 05/03/2014 & 06/03/2014

Singapore 10/03/2014 & 11/03/2014

Belfast 25/07/2014

Some of the fantastic delegate feedback can be found on the Good CPD guide by clicking here.

Bookings for the upcoming events can found here.

Look forward to seeing you in the very near future!

Teaching Vacancy - Economics at Dulwich College

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Many thanks to the Economics team at Dulwich College who have alerted us to a superb opportunity to join this friendly and talented team! 

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics - King Edward VI School Stratford-upon-Avon

Friday, January 10, 2014

Another superb Economics teaching opportunity here - HOD Economics from Sept 2014.  Many thanks to the dept at KES for letting us know about it. Please mention tutor2u as the source if you apply for this one!

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Teaching Vacancy - Head of Economics and Business Studies - The Blue Coat School (Liverpool)

A HOD opportunity to teach Economics and Business Studies at The Blue Coat School in Liverpool. All the details below. Please mention that you saw this opportunity on the tutor2u website if you apply!

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Economic books to look forward to in 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Diane Coyle's Enlightenment Economics blog is a superb starting point for teachers and students wanting to keep abreast of many of the new economics publications on the bookshelves and on the horizon. Diane reviews dozens of books each year and her end of year blog scours the publisher catalogs for a taste of what we can expect to see in 2014. Here is the link

AS/A2 Economics Exam Technique Coaching & Revision Workshops in 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The dates and locations for our popular exam technique coaching & revision workshops to prepare AS & A2 Economics students for exams in May & June 2014. The details are listed below together with important information about changes in way that bookings are processed.

Please note that for summer 2014 we are taking confirmed bookings only. Places are allocated on a strictly first-confirmed basis. Once each screen capacity is filled, the event is full and no further bookings can be accepted. Our overall capacity is lower than in previous years and we fully expect each workshop to be fully booked before the Christmas break - so please contact us early to ensure that your students can attend!

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Wow Economics! Update the ‘Average Wage Game’ and ‘Values of Occupations’ game

Monday, December 16, 2013

Calling all previous delegates of our Wow Economics CPD events! If you attended Wow Economics last academic year (2012-2013) you may recall an activity called 'The Average Wage Game'. If you have attended this academic year I'm sure you will remember the activity 'The Value of Occupations'. Both resources were aimed at introducing or stimulating initial discussion about wage determination before moving on to developing the theory behind Marginal Revenue Product and its value.

Both activities relied upon data relating to UK wage rates by occupation. This data was based upon information taken from what was the latest ONS report on wages in the UK (November 2012). I said, at the time, that when the data was updated I would forward information for both games so that teachers can update them accordingly. This information is now here and ready for you to download!

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WOW! Economics 2014 coming to Edinburgh and Cardiff (7th and 10th of January 2014)

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Our Wow Economics teacher CPD event is continuing its tour of the country with events planned for Edinburgh (7th January) and Cardiff (10th January) in the New Year.

If you've never attended a Wow Economics event before you are missing out on a day of high-quality teaching resources and a chance to network with other passionate teachers.

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Resources from Tutor2u on Slideshare

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Tutor2u slideshare channel has just notched up over a million hits and we continue to add new resources each week. Here is the link to the site.

econoMAX - What would Thorstein Veblen say?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The hyped-up birth of the new Royal baby, Prince George, has brought the fashionista mums and mums-to-be out in force as they try to emulate the clothes and accessories accompanying the nation’s favourite baby and his trend-setting mother. According to a recent study by babycentre.com UK’s branch, just under half of all new mothers said they had bought more luxury items for their babies than themselves, and that on average, one third of parents had already spent over £6000 on their little bundles before they were 6 months old.

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